Senior Planner

Employer: City of Eugene
Job Type: Planner
Location: Eugene, OR
Opening Date: 09/15/17
Closing Date: Continuous
Salary: $66,996.80 - $86,652.80 Annually

Job Description:

Do you want to be a part of making a great Pacific Northwest city the most livable, prosperous and thriving place it can be? We are seeking a positive, collaborative and inspired individual to join the City of Eugene’s land use planning team to help turn our community vision into reality. This position plays a key role in promoting and implementing the community’s newly adopted vision to accommodate future growth while preserving and enhancing what we love about our city. This position includes serving as lead on efforts to bring the city’s land use code into better alignment with the vision, managing current planning staff and projects, and working to continually evolve our services (including customer service, communications, technology and processes). The ideal candidate is self-motivated, team oriented and public service minded with a track record of excellent communication, a commitment to meaningful public involvement, and the ability to formulate elegant, sensible solutions to complex challenges. Our work environment is dynamic, fun and flexible, and relies on strong ties and collaboration with other work groups, agencies and community members. A successful candidate for this role will have strong current planning experience and a firm commitment to implementation that supports the community’s vision.

About Eugene:
Eugene is located at the southern end of the agriculturally rich Willamette Valley. From here, it is a short jaunt east to the Cascade Mountains, west to the stunning Pacific Ocean coastline, or north to Portland. We're a small city, with unlimited activities. Downtown Eugene is revitalizing. The Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene Symphony call the Hult Center for the Performing Arts home. You can float the Willamette River and hook a salmon after work in the shadow of downtown. Sample the local flavor in the local restaurant scene, visit the top notch local craft breweries, and explore the exemplary wineries in the surrounding countryside. We're the home of the University of Oregon, which brings arts, culture, and educational opportunities, as well as championship athletics. Go Ducks! An award winning transit system helps you move around the city, and our Gold rating as a Walk- and Bicycle-Friendly Community ensures that safe travel options abound. Known as Track Town USA, the community annually plays host to numerous track and field events at historic Hayward Field, and in 2021 we will host the IAAF World Championships! The impact of track and field can be seen beyond the track, with abundant trails throughout the south hills, along the Willamette River, and through hundreds of acres of city parks. For the people who live here, it is Eugene’s unique sense of place that is most cherished. To learn more about Eugene, visit

Job Duties:

  • Implement the city’s land use code and adopted land use plans consistent with the community’s vision;
  • Lead efforts to amend the land use code consistent with community vision;
  • Supervise, mentor and motivate staff;
  • Provide direction and set a personal example for excellent customer service;
  • Organize and manage complex tasks or projects to completion, including creatively negotiating barriers, within a fixed time frame;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people;
  • Clearly and confidently organize and present information and conduct meetings;
  • Ability to carry multiple complex projects at one time and to calmly handle stress;
  • Exhibit leadership to staff, work teams and fellow employees;
  • Review and process complex land use applications and development proposals and comprehensive plan amendments;
  • Regularly attend meetings and public hearings, some of which are outside regular working hours;
  • Work well independently and within a dynamic team environment. 


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban and regional planning, architecture, or a closely related field.
  • A Master's degree in a related field is desirable.
  • Ability to pass reference and background checks.

How to Apply:

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